This is further exacerbated by high inflation rates and skyrocketing food costs, plunging low-income families further into poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
Low wages coupled with the increase in costs of petrol, electricity units, transport and food are leading low-income workers and their families to become marginalized, with little-to-no access to the resources needed to live a full, productive life.
If a mother is malnourished during pregnancy, that can be passed on to her children, leading to stunting. Child stunting, both physical and cognitive, can lead to a lifetime of impacts. Adults who were stunted as children earn, on average, 22% less than those who weren’t stunted. In Ethiopia, stunting contributes to GDP losses as high as 16%.
Poverty threatens education as it creates many barriers to education including a lack of money for uniforms and books. Education can be a great equalizer and can open the door to jobs and other skills that a family needs to survive and thrive.
Make the pledge to alleviate poverty and become an agent of change for our country’s workforce. We ask that you pledge to increase your minimum wage to Rs 50,000/- month.
We are the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a coalition of individual people, small businesses and large companies working together to alleviate poverty and improve quality of life for the workforce of Pakistan by advocating a higher minimum wage that is more in line with today’s cost-of-living standards.
Happy employees lead to higher productivity and quality. By implementing minimum wage of Rs 50,000/month not only are RBA members helping their hardworking staff earn a living wage, but they are also benefiting by having a more productive, committed, and happier workforce.
The RBA members are seeing the benefits already. Take the pledge and join the other RBA members in alleviating poverty from Pakistan.